Red rose bud, Rosa species.
Photographed on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
near the corner West 83rd street and Amsterdam.
Roses originate in Central Asia. The rose has long been valued by people. For example, it was considered the “Flower of the Kings” by the Chinese. The Romans used the fragrant rose petals to produce perfume and as a symbol of luxury. Today, a red rose is typically considered a symbol of love and romance.